M T Saju
Environment

Govt. rewards dugong rescue in Gulf of Mannar

Thulasiraman and his brother Hariharasudhan had only seen pictures of the dugong, or sea cow, until two of these sea mammals got entangled in their net as they were fishing off the coast of Ramanathapuram earlier this year. But thanks to an awareness camp conducted for fishermen on how to treat...

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Culture

An art-to-art connect between Chennai and Toronto

When Ashwathi Mohan moved from Chennai to Toronto in 2019, the visual arts graduate did not see herself as a virtual bridge across two cultures and artscapes. But three year later, the Stella Maris alumna has brought together her experience as an artist and curator at an art gallery to set up...

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Culture

Decoding the many layers of meaning in temples

There are a number of videos and blogs on temples. Unfortunately, most of the documentation gets stuck at the academic or spiritual level. To find a solution to this, Chennai-based conservation architect Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan has launched a series called “Temple Run 2.0” on August 1 by...

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Culture

Carnatic musician brings Bharathi’s Kuyil Pattu to song

It was yet another day after the first national lockdown in 2021 that Carnatic musician R Suryaprakash happened to hear the call of a ‘kuyil’ (cuckoo) from the park near his home in Semmancheri in Chennai. The repeated call of the bird, however, brought memories of ‘Kuyil Pattu’, a poem written...

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